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A root canal is likely the most misunderstood dental procedure that’s widely known. Whether you think a root canal is something just for those with absolutely horrible oral health, or you think you have a good idea of what the process is, it’s always good to learn more about it.

Today, we’ll be covering some of the basics you should know about root canals. Hopefully, going over this information can prevent you from needing to get a root canal at all in your future.

What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure in which the pulp of a dead tooth is removed from that tooth. The pulp is the name for the bundle of blood vessels and nerves inside your teeth. The pulp is what gives your teeth “life” and the pulp actively fights against infection and decay.

When that pulp gets infected, however, it can lead to tooth death. If not treated quickly, it will lead to infections of surrounding teeth, and can even cause gum disease.

When do I need a root canal?
Ultimately, the need for a root canal is determined by Drs. Allen Rosenthal or Agnes Herceg here at Advanced Endodontics & Microsurgery of Stamford, PC in Stamford, Connecticut. But it’s a procedure only done when you absolutely need it. Removing pulp from a tooth isn’t something to be done lightly, and you’ll usually only have a root canal occur if your pulp is at risk of infecting other teeth.

How do I prevent needing one?
The best way to avoid needing a root canal is to practice stellar oral health. Brush twice daily, floss, use mouthwash and don’t forget to come in for your annual cleanings and checkups. These are simple, but vital, steps to avoiding a root canal.

For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at 203-324-9239.